I need to create a tunnel in a remote MS-windows, so the port 443 in MS-windows is redirected to a remote target on port 443.

What I'm trying to do is this, from my remote server:

ssh -N -R 443:remote.target:443 administrator@windows.source

But I get this error:

Warning: remote port forwarding failed for listen port 443

In the windows server I installed OpenSSH.

The tunnel works if I use the 8443 port in windows, eg:

ssh -N -R 8443:remote.target:443 administrator@windows.source

But I need do do the tunnel with 443. I tried to better configure OpenSSH ("AllowTcpForwarding yes", "PermitTunnel yes" and "GatewayPorts yes" and I tried also to restart the sshd service as an administrator), but it didn't work.

  • Are there 3 machines involved? Feb 21, 2020 at 11:19
  • Yes, there is - one server with a service on port 443 to which I have to connect to - my server that is used to do the tunnel - the windows server that needs to connect to the first one and that cannot do directly
    – luandrea
    Feb 21, 2020 at 12:43

1 Answer 1


It may be because the port is reserved. Ports below 1024 are reserved on many OSs. To use them you have to have special permission (e.g. be root user).

Try a higher port number. If this works then you know what the problem is. (Only the listening port has to be higher.)

  • I was thinking the same, but I need to do the tunnel on that port. I'm already connecting using the administrator account in the Windows server, maybe there is a perticular connection on OpenSSH?
    – luandrea
    Feb 21, 2020 at 12:41
  • Have you tested on another port? That way you will know if this is the problem. Feb 21, 2020 at 15:58
  • Yes, I tested using another port and it is working. I also tried to change some OpenSSH settings, like "AllowTcpForwarding yes", "PermitTunnel yes" and "GatewayPorts yes" and I tried also to restart the sshd service as an administrator, but I didn't notice any difference. The sshd_config file is read correctly, because if I change ssh port, I have to use it to be able to connect.
    – luandrea
    Feb 21, 2020 at 16:07
  • OK. Then edit the question to tell us what does work, and what does not (low numbered ports). Feb 21, 2020 at 16:16
  • I don't see a way to edit the question, I can only add comments under it.
    – luandrea
    Feb 21, 2020 at 16:39

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